There hasn’t been much public action the last couple of months on that plan for an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, but environmental groups are charging that there’s plenty going on behind the scenes. Tina Andolina of the Planning and Conservation League emailed out a sign-on letter on Tuesday morning, saying, “We are getting word that AEG (the owners of the Staples Center in LA) would like a CEQA [California Environmental Quality Act] exemption for a new NFL stadium in downtown LA,” and asking recipients to oppose it.
The similarly unbuilt City of Industry stadium plan, you’ll recall, was awarded an exemption from environmental review by the California legislature last fall, something that environmental groups at the time would inspire other developers to ask for similar exemptions. AEG officials wouldn’t comment on whether they’ll be seeking a CEQA exemption.
This seems like a pre-emptive strike by the Planning and Conservation League, but an eminently reasonable one, since you have to figure AEG is at least thinking about asking for the same deal from the state as Ed Roski got in Industry. It looks to be only the beginning of a long, long battle to come.